LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- The street revitalization in the heart of Little Rock is picking up after already moving forward at a quick pace.
Nearly half a dozen new projects including restaurants and apartments planned to start soon on Main Street.
Brewski Pub employees prepped to open the new neighborhood pub Saturday.
Just down Main Street, we met Alan Saugey as he walked to grab dinner with friends.
He said, "Our supper club picked the new location of 3 Fold tonight to come down and eat."
That's the newest addition to Main Street.
Saugey, "No. No. I figured it would take quite a number of years before redevelopment happened."
Even the executive director of Downtown Little Rock Partnership Gabe Holmstrom said Main Street rejuvenated a lot quicker than many people thought.
Holmstrom said, "I think it would have been really difficult for anybody to see what was possible if they 4 or 5 years ago if they saw the boarded up buildings."
He said after restaurants and bars began to open over the last few years now apartments and condo have begun to move in.
"The K Loft project, which has been renamed the Mulbery building, I think there are 35 (or) 33 (or) 35 units that they'll begin leasing next month," he told us.
He also pointed out where 2 more restaurants plan to open in the 300 block of Main Street next to the pub.
We found businesses aren't just opening their doors on Main Street.
Just a few blocks away we found a new hotel that opened in the Rivermarket.
Holmstrom said, "This will all be connected where you're going to be able to walk from an area in the Rivermarket to Main Street and visa-versa."
It took only years for businesses to replace boarded buildings.
Saugey said, "Quickly. Very quickly."
Now people like Alan can only wait and see if the progress keeps its pace.
He added, "I think it's awesome.
Brewski Pub plans to open their doors on Saturday.
Food trucks will take over Main Street on Saturday for the annual food truck festival.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street between 3rd and 9th streets and Capitol Avenue from Spring to Main Street.
More than 70 food trucks plan on participating this year.
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